Last updated on September 10, 2023
California county Behavioral Health Systems can spend up to 5% of their MHSA fund allocations each year on their Community Program Planning (CPP) processes to ensure they are meaningfully including stakeholders in the year-long evaluation, planning, and budgeting process.
For fiscal year 2020 to 2021 that means counties could have spent over $106m to train, engage, and deploy programs with the support of a diverse group of stakeholders.
Yet, only 39 of the 59 counties and areas who are allocated MHSA funds, spent about $6.7m or, only 6% of available funds. 3.
We know counties are planning on future year spending, we know they are developing MHSA Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan and Update documents, but why are so many ignoring the requirement to detail their CPP activities and expenditures?